[GTCM007] Man Of Steel

by Crackboy

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We’re back for another slab of genre-defying, ass-kicking, booty-shaking, timeless underground beats.Get The Curse Music 07 features two cuts from the mysterious CRACKBOY and three remixes from rising star Gesaffelstein, Toronto’s James Teej and our own Olibusta. The question of CRACKBOY’s identity is burning everyone’s lips. Who’s hiding behind this oh-so poetic moniker? Theories abound, and rumor has it CRACKBOY was last seen smoking on his pipe in the filthiest dens of the Parisian underbelly. Efforts to trace him since then have proved fruitless and until the next sighting, the enigma remains.In spite of all this mystery one fact is crystal clear: with early feedback from Ed Banger’s Busy P reaching the conclusion that Crackboy’s productions are solid gold, this is an EP with substantial crossover potential that will put the whole scene on the same wavelength.

Built around an eerie vocal loop, Man of Steel is an ass-shaker. After getting a taste of a bouncy 808 tom-tom groove, old school stabs, a tuneful bass line and lush pads make their appearance. When all the elements converge it’s clear that the influences for this number are in the past, but the result is as fresh and original as it gets. Crackboy shows his more playful side with this uplifting catchy bomb that will not only make a lasting impression on house and techno jocks but also on believers of the new wave of UK Bass beats à la Julio Bashmore and Addison Groove.

Crackboy sparks up the EP with Hilinner, a throbbing track laid out to a martial beat that conjures ghosts of virile EBM. A sparse but nasty sub groove is the perfect counterpoint to that throwback drum kit. A gnarly bass rumbles in the low-end while a lead more abrasive than sand paper grinds its way through the dancefloor. Combining the darkest atmosphere with a relentless groove perfectly alternating between restraint and excess to provoke maximum damage on both bodies and minds, itís clear Crackboy is using GTCís certified formula, and boy is he doing it right. This meat-and-potatoes cut will rip the dancefloor a new one before it knows it.

French techno wunderkind Gesaffelstein delivers a thousand ton remix of the heavily detuned rave variety. It is a hefty rework which stays true to the original by virtue of its hard-hitting simplicity. A beefy kick drum beats along at 115 BPM while a noisy snare, jittery rimshot and classy cowbells get things funky. Sinister vocal stabs set the mood to creepy and first-rate analog sound design adds a veneer of refinement to the whole ordeal.But don't get me wrong, it's all about fatness here: things will get out of control when that filthy hoover lead creeps in. So zombie, so heavy, so wicked: this is slowed-down techno on uppers for the living dead, a lethal combo without a doubt.

Canadian James Teej takes Hilinner into house territory, warehouse territory to be more precise. Built on a slowly evolving percussive groove and a rolling bass line this track is all about holding back until the dancefloor is begging for it. The original track’s gloom gives way to a balearic vibe that alternates between euphoria and melancholia thanks to that suave yet rugged melodic lead. The house kick, the open hi-hats and the warehouse groove are all there, but by appearing at different stages in the track the pressure rises slowly but surely and this is guaranteed to drive the dancefloor insane in anticipation. This epic rework will surely be an outstanding weapon in the DJ’s arsenal, the perfect jolt to raise energy levels of DJ sets.

GTC's own Olibusta reworks Man of Steel by crafting a funky rubber-band bassline with a low-end groove and jumpy percussion that will induce some serious footwork. Add some filter sweeps, subtle white noise swashes as well as the original's vocal samples processed cleverly and you get a nonchalant remix that sets things in motion while holding its proverbial horses, perfect for warm-up or closing sets.


released June 20, 2011



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